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Making a nose grille

PostPost by: jono » Mon Dec 05, 2022 1:21 pm

..I need a new grille for my Plus 2 restoration.

I know you can get them but I can't see how making one would be that difficult - has anyone done this?

I need 1.0mm wire 6mm x 12mm stainless weldmesh and some 3mm stainless wire for the frame but can't seem to find a source for small quants and it seems that 6mm square mesh is all that's available now (which would probably be okay)

Interested in the experience of others who've attempted this?

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Mon Dec 05, 2022 2:30 pm

My mesh was a little " tired " ,so purchased some stainless mesh and re-wrapped it over the existing frame....too many years ago now to recall the details , but like you say , it wasn't that difficult..

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PostPost by: mbell » Mon Dec 05, 2022 10:19 pm

jono wrote:I need 1.0mm wire 6mm x 12mm stainless weldmesh and some 3mm stainless wire for the frame but can't seem to find a source for small quants and it seems that 6mm square mesh is all that's available now (which would probably be okay)


Having refitted my grill yesterday, it was ~6mm square mesh on my car not 6 x 12mm. Can't be sure its original but its in a condition that would be inline with it being original.
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PostPost by: elanman999 » Tue Dec 06, 2022 10:46 am

I use these people for mesh etc. https://themeshcompany.com they sell small or large quantities and have a very good range of products.
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PostPost by: jeff jackson » Wed Dec 07, 2022 2:25 pm

I got a small sheet of Stainless steel with punched holes in (I think) From RS Components, here in the UK.
some Stainless wire 8mm diameter, was bent around some pegs in a wooden block, following the profile of the original grille.
I did this about 10 or 12 years ago.
If you can weld stainless, it's pretty easy to make.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Thu Dec 08, 2022 6:20 am

Is the airflow ok
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